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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 18: June 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of NEWS from the Guild, published in association with BARKS from the Guild, PPG’s bi-monthly trade publication for pet professionals.

Last Call! Join us for the PPGBI Edinburgh Meet

Pet Professional Guild British Isles (PPGBI) is holding a one-day Educational Round-Up in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Only £5 (US$6.25) for PPG members, the event promises to be a great value day of fun, education and networking. Presenters include Niki Tudge, Claire Staines, Maxwell Muir and Louise Stapleton-Frappell.

PPG, Doggone Safe President to Present at Victoria Stilwell Dog Bite Convention

PPG and Doggone Safe president Niki Tudge will be presenting a paper titled Keeping Future Generations Safe - How Best to Promote Your Dog Bite Safety Message To Your Local Community at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference in Kingston, London on Saturday, June 24 - Sunday, June 25, 2017. If you are there, be sure to stop by and say hello at the Doggone Safe and PPG stands!

First PPG Scholarships Awarded


PPG has announced the names of the first ever candidates to be awarded under its Education Scholarship Program launched in January. This year’s recipients, Kate Denman, Denise Bevington, Lisa Edwards and Jennifer Stanley are set to embark on their education in the next six months. Denman, based in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, will study online with DogNostics eLearning; Bevington, of Levine, Arizona, will study online with The Academy for Dog Trainers; Edwards, based in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, will study online with Behavior Works; and Stanley, of Greensboro, North Carolina, will study part online and part in situ with the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior in Durham, North Carolina.

More information about PPG’s Education Scholarship Program
and details of how to apply.

PPG Invites Speaker Applications for Sydney Summit

PPG is seeking applications from potential presenters for its inaugural Australian summit, taking place in Sydney, New South Wales on July 27-29, 2018. If you'd to present at the event, submit your application online with immediate effect until the closing date, July 15, 2017. Contracts will be issued by August 10 and must be signed by August 30, 2017. Applicants may present on a topic of their choice, at beginner, intermediate or advanced level, in the format of a lecture, and are also required to provide a list of learning objectives.

Orlando Summit 2017

There's still time to register for PPG's 2017 summit in Orlando, Florida at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort on Thursday, November 16 to Monday, November 20, 2017. Three value package options are available for the event: the Great Dane, the Golden Retriever and the Border Terrier. The all-inclusive Great Dane offers an early bird special interest-free financing plan. PPG has negotiated competitive rates at the resort during the event, plus three days before and after. Download the official summit app as soon as you register. Attendees can also schedule a one-on-one in-person sit down with the Dog*tec business coaches.

** Special discounts are available for groups and Australian members!
Email Rebekah King for more details. **

Summit Sponsor and Vendor Opportunities

There are still some vendor and sponsorship opportunities available at PPG's 2017 summit - consider sponsoring the gala dinner, the official event T-shirt, the lanyard, the official summit guide, or a tea and coffee break. Or, for just $300, you can get your company's name in the spotlight with an insert into the official swag bag.

PPG Archive to Hit 1,500 Articles

If you are looking for information on a specific subject, the PPG Archive currently holds almost 1,500 articles, scientific studies, blog posts, podcasts and videos and is growing daily. Categories covered include canine, feline, avian, equine, training, behavior, pets, business, consulting, advocacy, PPG news, events, education, videos, podcasts, blogs, research papers and book reviews. Every article ever published in PPG's trade publication, BARKS from the Guild is also stored there.

BARKS from the Guild - Order the July 2017 Print Edition

You can still pre-order a print copy of the July 2017 issue of BARKS from the Guild, which features a cover story on living and working with a deaf dog. Other topics include: The many uses of a station; Why adopting PPG’s Pet Dog Ambassador program is a savvy business move; Stand-up paddle boarding as a way to combine business with summer fun; Looking for "standards" in newly recognized cross breed dogs; TTouch® as a way to reduce stress; The ALPHA program, which pairs at risk teens with shelter dogs; Safety during group play sessions; The role of chronic pain in behavior problems; Force-free trailer loading; Empathy in practice; The importance of "thinking slow."; Avoiding people burnout PLUS our new Ask The Experts column with dog*tec.

BARKS is also on Facebook. If you would like to write for BARKS, either as a regular contributor, or have a one-off article you'd like to submit, please email the editor, Susan Nilson. Find back issues of BARKS and read any article, blog or press release, as well as a host of scientific studies/educational resources in the PPG Archive. BARKS is always looking for reports on community initiatives undertaken by members to spread the word about force-free training. Email Susan Nilson if you would like to submit a brief report on your local event.

PPG on Twitter

PPG has an active Twitter account and often tweets about new scientific research studies, plus blog posts and videos that are of interest to pet professionals, in addition to its own news, blog posts, educational handouts and articles. Join us @PetGuild.

PPG Live Chat with Eileen Anderson

PPG will be hosting a live chat with renowned dog trainer and blogger Eileen Anderson in the PPG Members' Group on Facebook on Friday, June 23 at 3 p.m. ET.

Project Trade Announces April Ambassador

Congratulations to Agnes Kavalecz of Let's Get Pawsitive in Cameron, North Carolina, who collected one shock collar and is Project Trade's ambassador for April, 2017.

Project Trade is PPG's advocacy program whereby members offer service discounts in exchange for aversive training gear. Find out how Project Trade can help your business in Helping Dogs, Helping Families.

PPG World Service Radio Show, Podcasts

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 4 p.m. EDT with guest Dr. Nathan Hall.

Topic: Canine sense and scent ability: An overview of research on canine odor detection and future directions; Canine stereotypic behavior: Research on causes and treatment. Register to listen live.

Fill out this form if you’d like to submit a question to any of the guests or hosts.

New Podcast:

How can you tell if your dog is deaf? It may seem obvious, but often it is not
. Terrie Hayward discusses the Art & Science of Non-Auditory Communication in this June 4, 2017 podcast.

Live PPG Webinars

Friday, June 16, 2 p.m. EST: Platform Training presented by Kay Attwood

Wednesday, June 28, 2 p.m. EST: But My Dog Isn’t Food-Motivated presented by Kathy Sdao

Wednesday, July 5, 2 p.m. EST:  A Brief History of Corporal Punishment presented by Jean Donaldson

Sunday, July 16, 2 p.m. EST: Positive Veterinary Visits presented by Dr. Amy Pike

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till June 30, 2017).



Learn How to Train your Easily Frustrated Dog

Alexandra Santos

Psychological Trauma and PTSD in Dogs

Dr. Franklin McMillan

Building Empathy - How to Teach Children to Interact Safely with Dogs

Janis Bradley

Understand How To Use Respondent Conditioning As A Practical View to Behavior Modification

Claudia Estanislau

Get Creative & Jazz Up Your Training Through The Effective use of Props

Pamela Johnson

Member Brags

PPG member Drayton Michaels of Urban Dawgs in Red Bank, New Jersey's web series Dog Life showcasing force-free dog training and behavior consulting debuts this summer. Watch the Pilot "Sizzle Reel."

PPG member Eden Halbert of Sierra Dogs in Placerville, California has written an article on the top seven puppy raising/training priorities for the "Happy Healthy Pets" annual special section of local newspaper, Mountain Democrat.

In Memoriam

It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Anne Springer, a cherished founding member of PPG. Anne will be sorely missed in our organization, our industry, by all who knew her, and by the many, many pet dogs and their owners whose lives she touched. Please hug those around you and treasure each and every day you spend with your family, friends and pets. Once again we are reminded that life is precious, and easily taken. 

To Anne and fellow PPG founding member, Leah Roberts, reunited, please watch over our mission and give us the strength and courage we need each day to help educate, engage and empower pet owners and professionals so our pets live more enriched, safe, and happy lives. You are both sorely missed.

PPG is putting together a tribute to Anne, which will be published in an upcoming issue of BARKS from the Guild. We know that Anne's knowledge and expertise have impacted many of you and, if you would like to share any of your thoughts or memories, please fill out this form and return it to us, with photos if you would like, by Monday, June 26, 2017.

Standing Invitation to Join Facebook Groups - All about Cats, Horses

Join PPG All about Cats on Facebook to learn all about cat behavior and ask questions on anything feline related. If you are working in equine behavior or wish to learn more about it, you are welcome at PPG All about Horses.


* Advocacy Resources

* BARKS from the Guild: back issues

* BARKS from the Guild: subscribe

* Feline Resources

* Pet Dog Ambassador

* Pet Professional Accreditation Board

* PPG Archive (links to over 1,450 articles, blogs and studies and growing daily)   

* PPG Australia

* PPG Blog: latest blog posts and subscribe

* PPG Education Scholarship Program

* PPG Educational Resources: webinars and workshops

* PPG Member Discussion Board (note: you must be logged in)

* PPG Newsroom

* PPG Position Statements

* PPG Summit 2017, Orlando, Florida

* PPG Summit 2018, Sydney, Australia

* PPG Training and Behavior Analysis Workshop 2018, Kanab, Utah

* PPG World Service Podcasts

* Project Trade

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Schedule an On-Site Business Consult with Dog*Tec

Dog*tec business coaches will be on hand for one-on-one in-person sit downs at this year’s annual summit in Orlando. If you’ve ever thought about taking advantage of their friendly, individualized consulting, this is a great chance to give it a try. Get some advice about how to start your dream business, or a little help with the business you already have. Wish you had more clients or students? Wondering how to raise your rates without risk? Need some support solving a pesky problem? A chat with dog*tec is just the thing. Consults will be pre-scheduled on a first come, first served basis later this year, so watch for the sign-up announcement!



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